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Southern S’mores Cookies & Camp Monkey

by Tickled Red on December 10, 2012 · 4 comments


Our boys will probably never sleep in their rooms again and it’s all my fault. Yes siree, I have started something that is going to be difficult to break purely out of selfish reasons. As y’all know, I do not sleep well when Surferboy is traveling. His trips typically result in a sleep-deprived zombie due to weeks of paranoid sofa crashing Netflix marathons. However this time around I came up with the brilliant idea of Camp Monkey.

What is Camp Monkey? It’s basically a free for all where we are all in one room so that I’m not loosing sleep over the boogie man. Since mid November, the boys have been camping out in the living room and my bedroom amid a plethora of cushions, pillows and blankets. Basically enjoying the life of Riley as Persian Princes among comfy toshaks. That is until a foot whacks someone across the nose. The perils of camping.

Of course Camp Monkey has lead to a few shenanigans. Ah the many possibilities boys will inevitably dream up when mountains of cushions are involved. What can I tell you other than they come by their daredevil shenanigans naturally, don’t look at me more like dear ole’ dad.

My favorite part of camping out in the living room so far has to be the nook the boys built out of the cushions. Both a cozy spot to read books by flashlight and entertain one another with finger puppet shows.

Now what camping excursion would be complete without s’mores? Seeing as how ours has been an indoor adventure, the boys and I whipped up some s’mores cookies. Not just any s’mores cookies mind you ones with a nod to our southern heritage with the addition of mashed sweet potatoes and pecans. The sweet potatoes make these cookies so light and moist while the pecans replace the crunch of the graham crackers that you might be missing otherwise.

I know as a parent that consistency is the best policy when it comes to raising children and I am usually not one to bend the rules too far but I have to admit Camp Monkey has been a pure joy in more ways than reducing my sleeplessness. The boys and I have been on some grand adventures the past four weeks while creating irreplaceable memories all from the comfort of our living room. The cherry on top of the whole experience is that I have been able to capture so many sweet photos of them sleeping which is an addiction of mine.

If you’re daring enough to disrupt the norm I highly suggest camping out with the kids indoors, at least for the weekend.

Whether we are traveling or just hanging out at home life is always an adventure just waiting for explorers.

Love,

Shari-Tickled Red

**All photos are via Instagram**

 

 

 

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme December 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Oh, my gosh! Our grandbabies would absolutely love camping out in the living room! Only problem is I’d probably never get them to go back to their beds :-) They’d also adore these s’more cookies. And so would I!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) December 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I can never sleep when Nate is out of town either! Granted the longest stretch has only been a week, at which point I decided that remodeling the bathroom just HAD to be done and slept about 2 hours a night since I was up the rest of the time with caulk and paint and hardware. Camp Monkey sounds way more fun :)

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Jamie December 11, 2012 at 6:32 am

Ah, yes, indeed, life is an adventure and your boys will be that much better adults for having this kind of family fun and togetherness now. I love Camp Monkey. And I love the idea of S’mores cookies! Brilliant! And mmmmm love the idea of sweet potato cookies….

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

This made me smile!! :) I love life in a house full of boys!!!

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